Archive - Sep 2010 - News Article
In an effort to speed the process for tax abatement requests in Whitley County, the county council approved Wednesday making any eligible land in the county an economic revitalization area.
“Other counties in the region have taken a similar step,” said Alan Tió, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
They were known to voters as “hands down, the most exciting team of the decade.”
It’s the team that made “this community become ‘Hoosiers.’”
The Post & Mail readers spoke. The 2004 state finalist Columbia City boys’ basketball team is “definitely the best team of the decade.”
Coming up on a seventh season since the faithful run to the state finals, the feeling remains the same in Columbia City.
“A season to remember,” one voter said in The Post & Mail’s best of the decade contest.
Voted second in the best team of the decade, the 2005-2006 Columbia City Eagle wrestling team had big shoes to fill. The previous two teams had set high standards with both of them reaching the IHSAA team state finals and finishing in the top four each year.
The 2006 team lived up to those expectations returning the Eagles to the team state finals for a top four finish for a third consecutive season.
Whitley County has now drafted an ordinance that would ban the sale and possession of K-2, or Spice, a product marketed as incense but used instead as a synthetic marijuana.
If passed, the ordinance would be the latest addition to several others in counties and cities throughout the state and nation. Several other states have also banned the sale of the product.
âMy biggest concern is that weâve got to do something in the county to discourage this,â said Mike Schrader, county commissioner chair.
Following a $1 million reduction for its budget this year, Whitley County Schools is poised to approve its proposed 2011 budget, which is about $320,000 less than this yearâs.
âThatâs where we made our massive reductions earlier this year,â said Tony Zickgraf, business and operations manager for WCCS.
He said the district took into account no new money from the earlier cuts imposed on the district.
In 267 wins and nearly 20 seasons as a head coach, there has only been one place for Columbia City boys’ basketball coach Chris Benedict to call home.
“I was very comfortable for 11 years here,” Benedict said. “I had an opportunity to go do something different and took advantage of it but at the end of the day my family and I looked at our time here and said that it was home.”
When looking for the reasons that a coach is considered to be successful, it is easy to look at the obvious things like won-loss records.
Certainly the accomplishments of the Columbia City wrestling team under Randy Kearby in the past decade are enough to justify him being called a success.
Now those accomplishments plus the commitment he made to the betterment of his wrestlers as young men has earned him the title of Whitley County Coach of the Decade.
The old adage of “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is” could be used to stop nearly any scam that sets out to gain money, but people continue to lose thousands of dollars to the same kinds of scams.
Whether it’s winning a supposed lottery, getting paid too much for an item sold online or giving a bank account or credit card number to someone over the phone, there are dozens of ways scammers claim their loot.
With a price tag of about $20,000, Churubusco will move forward with new radios for its police department.
The four radios for the town’s police cars and two handheld radios will operate on an 800 MHz frequency that many police in the state, including the Indiana State Police, use now or plan to use in the near future.
The town council approved the purchase this week for the radios, some of which will not be available until November.
A plan from Whitko Community Schools to have a referendum on the ballot this fall for a tax levy increase is still a go, but the district will only increase the tax rate if there is a shortfall in funding from the state.
After news that the district will get $347,000 in federal education stimulus funding for the next school year, the district will likely not need to do an increase in its tax rate until at least 2012.